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Sony Google TV has Finally Been Rooted.

Owners of a Sony Google TV unit, you have root! It has been quite the wait, but with 4 USB sticks and a bit of GTV know-how, you can prepare your device for custom kernels within minutes. Actually, it’s not that simple, but it is also not the most difficult root solution ever created. It does involve flashing your system back to a vulnerable software release which then hijacks the upgrade back to a current version to give you a new kernel and root access. That was a mouthful.

Here is the list of goodies you will have after completing:

  • Modified flash plugin with random per box flash string for Content Provider Bypass.
  • Crippled update feature to prevent box from receiving automatic updates.
  • Completely RW system, cache, and rootfs partitions
  • Full ADB Root
  • Removed signature checks on kernel / init scripts / init binary
  • A few other surprises.
  • BETA: Enable NTFS Support for Sony Google TV devices

Worth it? Hit up the source for full instructions.

Via:  GTV Hacker

Cheers BostonB and Jigga_Z!

  • Guest

    Yawn. Yesterdays news…

  • digitalicecream

    I’ll revisit this in the summer, I’m not messing with my google tv enough to warrant all this goodness.

  • thê randy

    “A few other surprises.” 
    Does this bother anyone else but me???

    Suprise!!! There is smoke coming out of your Google TV!!!

  • Mr Obvious

    Can anybody root my microwave?

  • How much are these bad boys going for these days?

  • Anonymous

    I’ve been thinking about getting one and this makes me want one even more!

  • I can’t wait to get home and try this. Gotta buy 7 USB drives on my way home from work to make this happen though haha.

  • I might pick one of these up, sounds fun.

    What cool stuff can you do vs a regular cable box?

    • Netflix, hulu, facebook, android apps, etc etc

      • not hulu

        • yes, this allows hulu.com to be accessed.

        • Robb

          well,  hulu could potentially work with the flash string exploit that’s mentioned as a benefit to the root.

  • Idk.. I simply don’t see the need to root my TV, and all this will do is have media companies alienate Android/GTV more because of it’s ‘security problem’. Hopefully this won’t be negative in the long run. As there is no way I am getting a *pple TV (idk what to * in that…), it just lacks basic functionality.

    • This allows hulu and cbs.com, etc to be used on GTV, as Google originally intended. They only reason these FREE services are blocked on GTV is because the networks want to charge us for free stuff.

      • That could be part of it, but there is a lot of network apps on the iPad that are free that we just don’t have. And with Android being out for years now, the code excuse just doesn’t work anymore. There has to be another reason.

  • Awesome – thanks GTV Hackers! 
    I’ll get busy with this tonight.

  • tanknspank

    “That was a mouthful.”

    That’s what she said.

    It was required.

  • Nexussss

    I want to Root my life

    • Michael Forte

      *wife. Fixed for you